So my husband got me the most fabulous book for Mother's Day last month...."The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration."
There are pages of gorgeous illustrations of the most horrible and terrifying diseases.
Skin diseases, Leprosy, Parasites, Venereal Disease...the most beautifully rendered decay of the body. It is glorious and ugly all at the same time.
I have been wanting to embroider images of scabs, scars, cancers, and diseased organs recently, and have found there is a Mayo Clinic Patient Library with all sorts of resources that might be useful. I can't wait to get there.